A committee of the United Nations has recommended the UK government consider a complete ban on fracking.
The actor and UN human rights champion, Amber Heard, is among a group of campaigners, academics and environmentalists who are urging the United Nations today to ban fracking to protect the health of women in the UK.
Campaigners delivered a letter to Downing Street this afternoon, signed by more than 8,000 people, calling for an immediate halt on fracking in the UK.
Friends of the Earth has called for a ban on the use of acid to stimulate the flow of oil and gas in onshore wells.
Cuadrilla said this morning it had finished drilling the UK’s second horizontal shale gas well and would soon prepare for hydraulic fracturing at the site in Lancashire. The announcement coincided with news that a hose pipe ban for residents in the county would begin on 5 August.
The shale gas company, Ineos, has lost its case against the Scottish Government’s policy on fracking.
The Scottish government would ban fracking if it had the legal power to do so, a senior member of the Scottish National Party has said.